SO I am confused.......Brett is nearly 4 months old and STILL isn't sleeping through the night! I am a HUGE schedule person and I (we) have had Brett on a pretty strict schedule for a while now. BUT, despite our consistencies he is so INconsistent!
Every night ( and I mean EVERY night) we do bath time at 7:30 and bottle/bed at 8. This means even on a Friday night, going out to dinner is scheduled for 6 or 6:30 so we can get back home and start "the routine". Every thing I have read/googled/ or been told says that babies need a routine and this is the key to getting them to sleep through the night. WELL, we have done this and Brett still wakes up 2 times in the middle of the night. Well, actually he will sleep 8-4 one night then wakes up at 1 and 5 the next night, and then he will wake up at 3 the night after that! He always goes back to sleep until around 7, but never sleeps straight through. This is what I mean about inconsistent! The only thing I can guess is that he is a growing boy and he is hungry- did I mention he wakes up to eat? And I know he is hungry becuase Im his mom :)
I remember when we were in the first few, glassy-eyed weeks of new parenthood. Brett was always great about going to sleep (and still is) but would wake up every 2 hours. I told myself once we hit 12 weeks he will be going longer...well 12 weeks came and went and so did 13 14 and 15 and other than a few blissful nights of sleeping 8-5, there has been no "sleeping through the night".
I know this is minor compared to some parents who have babies who have a hard time going to sleep or wake up more than 2 times, but I just thought babies slept through the night by 4 months. Maybe I'm too idealistic, but I know lots of babies start sleeping through the night earlier than 4 months. I'm just glad that I'm working from home n0w, so when we do have a rough night I don't have to worry too much.
2 weeks ago I was desperate for more than 3 hours of consecutive sleep and decided to try the cry it out method. This goes against everything I believe, but I said I would give it a shot.
Supposedly babies take 3 days/nights to learn something new- and they need to learn to sleep all night without eating. This method said put the baby down after your nightly routine (bath, bottle etc) close the door, and DO NOT OPEN IT UNTIL 7 AM! Yeah- almost cried when I read this, but the Dr's recommending this swore that this was good for the baby and they would be OK.
Well we did this...he woke up once cried for a few minutes and went back to sleep until 7! I was shocked but it actually worked. The same thing the next night and the 3rd night he didn't wake up at all! This continued for 2 nights and then he started waking up again and cried a really sad cry and I caved...I just couldn't do it anymore and I knew there was a better way.
So we are still waking up a few times a night, but I would rather do that than hear him cry :(
Anyways, if anyone has any advice I'm all ears. We have tried giving him cereal, mixing formula in his bottle and just plain feeding him more, but he still wakes up.....
I know he will eventually grow out of it, but I'm hoping its before he goes to kindergarten!